WORLD No3 Rafael Nadal has admitted that his withdrawal from London 2012 represents one of the most disappointing developments in his career.
As the reigning champion, Nadal would have again been among the favourites to win a medal but recurring tendinitis of the knee has forced him to accept with regret that his Olympics dream is over.
“I do not find myself in a condition to compete,” said Nadal. “It is one of the saddest moments of my career. I am not able to compete at the Olympics in London and therefore will not be travelling as planned with the Spanish delegation. I have to think about my colleagues. I cannot be selfish and I have to think of the good of Spanish sport, especially Spanish tennis, and let a team-mate who is better prepared compete.
“I’ve waited until the final moment of my preparation and my training, but I cannot do it.”
Nadal will now focus upon regaining fitness for the US Open which begins on 27 August but his absence could significantly strengthen the chances of Britain’s Andy Murray, who without Nadal reached the final of Wimbledon.